Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding to hold Open Session Aug. 5

7/26/2014 7:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding will host an open session, highlighting new research and ideas.

The session will be Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton BWI-Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum Heights, Md.

CDCB Chair Ole Meland will kick off the session with an update on CDCB programs and activities, followed by remarks from Joao Durr, the new CDCB CEO, and Erin Connor, the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory research leader.

AGIL staff will present highlights from a variety of research projects. Topics and presenters include:

Net Merit update and plans for new traits by John Cole, research geneticist.

Discovery of causative genetic variants by Derek Bickhart, AGIL research geneticist.

Use of new multitrait, all-breed genetic evaluation software by Paul Vanraden, AGIL research geneticist.

Immediate evaluations and new chips by George Wiggans, AGIL research geneticist.

Analysis of genomic predictor population by Tabatha Cooper, AGIL animal scientist.

<\!q>Genomic relationships for mating programs by Chuanyu Sun, AGIL-NAAB post doc.

What to expect from the NextSeq sequencer by Tad Sonstegard, AGIL research geneticist.

<\!q>Research Advisory Working Group hosted by Robert Fourdraine, AgSource Cooperative Services vice president of product services and development.

Following the research presentations, CDCB executive committee members will be available to respond to questions from the audience.

Register by July 24 so adequate meeting room space and food are available. To register for the CDCB Open Session, go to

To make hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton BWI-Airport, call: 410-859-8400. The group room rate is $109 per night, plus applicable taxes. The hotel reservation deadline is July 10, at 3 p.m.

CDCB conducts genetic evaluations for economically important traits of dairy cattle. The CDCB allied partners cooperator database is the largest in the world, which is devoted to dairy animals, with more than 120 million female phenotypic records and more than 480,000 males receiving genetic evaluations or genomic predictions.

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